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Remember dousing your friends and family with a Super Soaker?  The creator, Lonnie Johnson was a NASA engineer who came up with the idea while testing a new type of  valve in his bathroom sink.  Water shot across the room and he thought it might make a good water gun.  

Success didn’t come right away.  It took 7 years and reaching out to more than 75 toy manufacturers and retailers to get a company to produce the Super Soakers!  Crazy right?   It’s a lesson of perseverance that has a special place in our hearts.  

Now, Lonnie is back to his engineering roots and working on a solid-state lithium battery for the transportation industry.  Wow!  What a ride of a career!!!